How Long Does It Take for Dissolvable Stitches to Dissolve? (Open Rhinoplasty)

i had an open rhinoplasty 11 days ago and have dissolvable stitches placed on my columella. My surgeon did not remove them as he said they will fall themselves. How long will it take for the stitches on my columella to dissolve?

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Dissolvable sutures used during rhinoplasty surgery are nearly all gone one month postoperative.

External sutures on your columella may be fast-absorbing sutures that typically fall off between one to two weeks postoperative. hope this helps. Dr Joseph

West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How long will it take for dissolvable stitches to dissolve?

It just all depends on what suture material is used.  Some dissolve in about a week.  some will require 4 months. Some in between.  It just depends on the type of suture.  The longer they stay in and the more they are visible on the skin, the more inflammation they may cause and the worse the scar may look.  I would follow up with your PS as scheduled so he/ she can monitor how your incisions are healing.  Best wishes.

Bao L. Phan, MD
Honolulu Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Does It Take for Dissolvable Stitches to Dissolve?

 The range for the sutures to dissolve with a Rhinoplasty are typically 2-4 weeks with 3 the average.  It's best to follow your post op instruction after the Rhinoplasty to assure these dissolve in a timely manner.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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It depends on the suture your surgeon used.  From a few days to several months.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

Donald Nunn, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Does It Take for Dissolvable Stitches to Dissolve?

Dear Lilly,

Thank you for your question.  That depends on what kind of stitch, and where it is, and what you are doing to it.  If that was a 'fast absorbing gut' suture on the external skin of the columella, and it is constantly moist with antibiotic ointment (i.e. never letting it dry out) should be about a week.  If it is a 'chromic gut' suture or if it is dry, will take a lot longer, maybe 2 weeks or more.  It is important to have the sutures dissolve or be taken out in the face relatively early as the longer the suture remains, the more likely you are to get a suture mark.  If they are still in, either have them removed or keep them very moist with antibiotic ointment to have them dissolve sooner.

Best Wishes, 

Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Most dissolvable stitches placed in the skin are gone in 10 days.

After rhinoplasty permanent sutures in the columella are removed it about five days. Dissolvable stitches usually fallout at about the same time with a gentle cleansing.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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